Learn about the James Webb Space Telescope that NASA launched in December 2021 during this month’s astronomy night at Cape Lookout National Seashore, a certified International Dark Sky Park.
Meet in the Harkers Island Visitor Center Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday to hear NASA Solar System Ambassador Matthew Bruce give a 45-minute talk on Webb, “the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space,” organizers said.
After the presentation, park staff and area astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers, a NASA Night Sky Network astronomy club, will host a Star Party on the visitor center grounds. Participants will have a chance to view astronomical objects above the Southern Outer Banks through the lens of a telescope.
The free event is child-friendly, but organizers ask no pets. Solar System Ambassador programs are rain or shine but stargazing is weather dependent. Organizers recommend dressing for the weather, bringing lawn chairs, blankets, water, snacks, bug repellent, or any other comfort items, as well as a flashlight with a red filter to help maintain everyone’s night vision.
Folks may also consider bringing their own telescopes to learn how to get the most out of their equipment from members of the Stargazers club.